Subject: Red & yellow insect I saw at the park (NJ)
Location: Alpine, NJ / Palisades
June 7, 2014 10:50 pm
Hello. I was exploring around the park yesterday with my camera and came upon this lovely insect hanging out on a leafy plant on the ground. It looks to be some kind of large, colorful fly, maybe? I have been searching around online to see if I can figure out what it is, but I’m having no luck.
The photo was taken June 7, 2014 in Alpine, NJ in the afternoon.
You are correct that this is a Fly, but beyond the identification to the order Diptera level, we haven’t a clue. We hope we can quickly identify this unusual looking fly. Though you did not specify a size, you did indicate that it is a large fly. We quickly scanned BugGuide and there are some similarities to the male Small Headed Fly, Ogcodes dispar, in this image of a mating pair on BugGuide, but we would love a second opinion. The antennae just don’t look right to us, so we do not believe that is a correct identification.
Eric Eaton Provides and Identification: Xylophagid Fly
Getting lots of these lately….Coenomyia ferruginea, a type of xylophagid fly (Xylophagidae). This one looks like a female. I may want to do a blog post on these. Could I simply credit this image to your website if I use it?
Thanks so much Eric. Yes you have permission to use the image on your blog, BugEric. We see on BugGuide that the common name for this species is a Stinkfliege, which joins the term Hellgrammite as an unusual common name for an insect.